The NBA is getting closer and closer to their all-star break which will be housed in Atlanta this season.
These two teams are both fringe playoff fighters, and look like they are going to be in line to participate in the play-in game in between the regular season and the postseason.
While both of these teams got off to a slow start to begin the year they have found a way to play a little bit more consistent, though there are still plenty of bumps in the road.
Let’s take a look at how these rosters stack up against each and break down the matchup so you know where to be putting your money.
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Preview: The Becoming of Jonas
One of the most underrated players all season long is Jonas Valanciunas of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Even when Ja Morrant was out for an extended period of time, Jonas managed to hold this team together and consistently put up double-doubles night after night.
He is the anchor of this team on the glass and certainly on defense. He gives that tenacity and a ferociousness to their game.
I love how he defines the culture in that locker room, and he is a big reason why the Grizzlies managed to hold ship while their star point guard was out.
If they focus on checking up Luka just enough, I feel like they are going to have a strong chance at winning this game, which will be important with how close the standings are in the west.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview: All-Star Luka Searching for Help
With the level of play Luka rose to last season, the Mavericks were thought to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference at the beginning of the season.
While they have managed, there seems to be a concerning problem for their roster.
Luka, at times, appears to be on the court all by himself, and while he can carry his team to victory on any given night, he cannot do it every single night.
Teams know now that if they can frustrate him and get into his head just a little bit it is going to throw off the rest of his team.
That will have to be the Grizzlies game plan for this one, and I think they have a hard-nosed roster to accomplish with their defense.
Mavericks @ Grizzlies Betting Odds and Lines
Coming into this game, the people over at MyBookie have the Mavericks getting a slight nod at home against the Grizzlies by 4.5 points.
The line is so close due to how up and down both if these teams have been all season long.
Free Betting Pick
The Grizzlies are a great basketball team, but honestly, we expected more from them this season.
Dallas has experienced some road blocks, but I think they will come away with a victory in this one behind a big game from Luka and Tim Hardaway Jr.